Monday, May 5, 2014

World Superyacht Award Winners

A great evening was had by all especially Feadship who took away three Neptune trophies including superyacht of the year for the 99m "Madame Gu". In the light of this terrific accomplishment we should not forget the other winners of their categories listed below especially the high commendable Voyagers Award, which credits superyacht owners who have undertaken a passage of an unusual or exploratory nature.

Motor Yachts
  • Displacement of 2,000GT and above - 99m, Madame Gu, Feadship
  • Displacement of 1,300GT to 1,999GT - 62m, Sea Owl, Feadship
  • Displacement of 500GT to 1,299GT - 60m, Event, Amels
  • Displacement below 500GT - 39m, CaryAli, Alloy Yachts
  • Semi-Displacement two decks - 37m, Finish Line, Trinity Yachts
  • Semi-Displacement three decks 30m to 44.99m  - 40m, Cacos V, Admiral Tecnomar
  • Semi-Displacement three decks 45m and above - 65m, Galactica Star, Heesen Yachts
  • Motor yacht of the year - 99m, Madame Gu, Feadship
Sailing Yachts
  •  Sailing yacht 40m and above - 46m, Ganesha, Vitters Shipyard
  • Sailing yacht 30m to 39.99m - 33m, Inukshuk, Baltic Yachts
  • Advanced design and construction - 33m, Inoui, Vitters Shipyard
  • Sailing yacht of the year - 33m, Inukshuk, Baltic Yachts
Voyagers Award
  • Joint winner - 50m, Exuma, Picchiotti/Perini Navi
Exuma is a 50m motor yacht built by Picchiotti/Perini Navi to a design by Philippe Briand of Vitruvius Yachts. At the design stage, Exuma was specifically customised for cruising the more remote areas of the Pacific and her entry, written personally by the owner, catalogues an example of this: An adventurous voyage, made between 2012 and 2013, that started in New Caledonia and Vanuatu and progressed through the Solomon Islands to Papua New Guinea, Micronesia, Palau, and Sabah ending in the Philippines. Not only was the account well written and beautifully illustrated, it also displayed an enviable depth of knowledge of, and interaction with the various populations encountered throughout the itinerary. The judges considered it to be an excellent example of a cruise that deserved recognition.

  • Joint winner - 37m, Zeepaard, JFA Yachts
Zeepaard was built by JFA Yachts in France in 2003 and is a 37m expedition yacht designed for adventurous voyages. Her circumnavigation between 2009 and 2013, starting and finishing in the Mediterranean, certainly qualified as such, covering a total of 50,000nm and 39 countries. While the totality of the voyage was too long a duration to qualify for the Voyager's Award, the judges extracted a portion which fell within the two year limit specified within the rules. Even so, this was an epic cruise. As the judges were to see from a small sample of the 40,000 or so images, it was clear that the owner, along with his family and friends, encountered incredible experiences everywhere they went, even in the rather more adventurous "pirate zones", for which they were well prepared. This was a notable voyage of exactly the type for which expedition yachts were designed, and the judges considered it most worthy of a Neptune.

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